Tech Earns Top-20 Finish Saturday at NCAAs
The Red Raiders secured their third-consecutive top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships Saturday.
June 9, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Senior Shane Brathwaite and the Lady Raider 4x100 sprint relay team concluded action for Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
After four days of competition at Drake Stadium, the Red Raiders finished the meet tied for 18th overall with Stanford in the team standings after finishing with 16 points. The Red Raiders now have three consecutive top-20 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
"It was a top-20 finish for the men and I am very proud of that," head coach Wes Kittley said. "I was really proud of Shane today and the women's 4x100 team for getting into the finals. That 4x100 relay group has been so tremendous for us."
The Lady Raiders finished tied for 55th overall in the team standings with three points.
Brathwaite finished seventh overall in the men's 110 meter hurdles Saturday with a time of 13.93. The performance secured the best finish at the national meet in his already decorated Red Raider career.
Meanwhile, the Lady Raider 4x100 relay team finished eighth with a time of 44.76 to match the best finish in school history at the NCAA Championships in the event. The 2010 4x100 relay, comprised of each of the same four sprinters on Saturday, also finished eighth at the NCAA Championships to earn the school's first ever All-American status in the event.
Senior Jamele Mason led the way for the Red Raiders earning a team-high eight points after a second-place finish in the men's 400 meter hurdles Friday night. His time of 48.89 broke the school record and his second place finish marked the best in school history by a Red Raider in the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In all, Texas Tech had five top-eight finishes and broke three school records over four-day meet. Mason and senior Precious Nwokey (heptathlon) each broke school records in the finals on Friday, while senior Gil Roberts broke his own school record in the 400 meter dash during Wednesday's preliminaries.